- Igor Levit piano
- Coro dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
- Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
- Antonio Pappano conductor
The origins of the multi-secular Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia are closely linked to choral singing: in the second half of the 1500’s, several Chapel-masters and Choristers formed an association, electing as President Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, thus founding the Accademia. In May 1595, Pope Sisto V issued the papal bull ‘Ratione congruit’, the act officially founding the Congregazione dei Musici.
The objectives of the Institution, which was launched as an association having both artistic and charitable aims, have undergone continuous modification over the centuries, but the promotion and growth of the art of music in all its manifestations have always been the inspiration guiding all its activities.
The Chorus of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, made up of about 90 members, appears in both the winter and summer seasons of the Accademia, joining the Orchestra for performances of the great classic and modern symphonic-choral works.
Highlights among its more recent engagements include tours the Santa Cecilia ensembles made together with Music Director Antonio Pappano to the Dresden Semperoper (2006), the London Proms (2007, 2011, 2013), the Salzburger Festpiele (2011, 2013, 2014) and the Enescu Festival (2017); its appearance in Lucerne with the famed Lucerne Festival Orchestra directed by Claudio Abbado (2006); and its participation (October, 2007) in the Sacred Music Festival in Rome, for the performance of Verdi’s Requiem with the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by Daniele Gatti.
The choir has participated in numerous award-winning recordings. Recently recorded, Verdi’s Aida boasts a stellar cast (Anja Harteros, Jonas Kaufmann, Erwin Schrott) and has taken home numerous awards. Antonio Pappano, the Orchestra and the Chorus also recorded ‘Nessun Dorma – The Puccini Album’ with tenor Jonas Kaufmann (Best Classical Music Recordings of 2015 for The New York Times), which made the world charts.
Among the most recent engagements, mention is to made of the participation, along with the Radio France Orchestra and Chorus, at the Festival de Saint-Denis 2018, conducted by Valery Gergiev (Berlioz, Requiem), and the closing concert of Spoleto’s Festival dei Due Mondi 2018, joined by Marion Cotillard (Honegger, Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher).